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 Book Reviews

 Santa Bear's First Christmas.
Illustrated by Maggie Kneen. Devised and produced by The Templar Company plc, England.
Review by A. Edwardsson.
Preschool - grade 2 / Ages 3 - 7.

 The Peanut Butter Cookbook for Kids.
Ralph, Judy, and Ray Gompf. Illustrated by Craig Terlson.
Review by A. Edwardsson.
Grades 4 and up / Ages 9 and up.

 Mistaken Identity.
Norah McClintock.
Review by Leslie Millar.
Grades 9 - 12 / Ages 14 - 17.

 The Student's Only Survival Guide to Essay Writing.
Steve Good and Bill Jensen.
Review by Joanne Peters.
Grade 12 and up / Ages 17 and up.

 Let's Play: Traditional Games of Childhood.
Camilla Gryski. Illustrated by Dusan Petricic.
Review by Lorraine Douglas.
All Ages.


 The Little Math Puzzle
 The Great Canadian Trivia Contest - Sorry, not available this week
 Cyberspace Scavenger Hunt - Sorry, not available this week

 From the Mailbox

 Response to the First Time correction
I see no reason (other than courtesy) for CM to apologize to Charles Monpetit and Martin Stephens for the gender error concerning the short story "Borders." As someone who reviewed the two First Time volumes for CCL (Canadian Children's Literature), I, too, was stumped by the gender of the story's central character. I reread the story a number of times to see if I could find any use of a gender pronoun which would guide me and found none. I also remembered that Monpetit had told readers that, while the stories were all true, readers should not automatically assume that their contents were autobiographical. Consequently, while Stephens is male, I (and others) cannot (and likely do not) automatically assume the story's narrator is also male, especially given that the incidence of abuse of females is so much greater than that of males.

-- Dave Jenkinson, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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